Associate in Applied Science in Respiratory Care

The A.A.S. Respiratory Care Program at Santa Fe Community College, program number 200549, is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). CoARC can be reached at 817-283-2835 or 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244.

Respiratory therapists work closely with doctors, nurses and other clinicians in emergency rooms, critical care units, diagnostic centers, clinics, and home health care organizations. SFCC’s program prepares students for a fast-paced, in-demand career. Blending high-tech training with compassionate care, students gain the skills required to be a specialist in assessing and treating people with breathing and cardiopulmonary disorders.

SFCC’s Respiratory Care Program prepares students to become knowledgeable, competent, effective, and ethical respiratory care practitioners consistent with the professional, community, and employer expectations of registered respiratory therapists. Graduates will have demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists.

For information on admission requirements and process, see the Respiratory Care Applicant Information document, or a Respiratory Care Department adviser. Students must complete all respiratory care core courses at SFCC. Students are required to pass each course with a grade of “C+” or better in order to progress in and complete this sequential program.

Students who successfully complete the A.A.S. in Respiratory Care are eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Therapist Multiple Choice Exam (TMC). Graduates who successfully complete the TMC exam are eligible for licensure as a certified respiratory therapist (CRT) and are eligible for the NBRC RRT exams.

NOTE: A.A.S. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professional, effective, compassionate and ethical behavior in the practice of respiratory care.
  • Demonstrate competence in the respiratory care of the adult, pediatric and newborn patient populations.
  • Provide community and patient education in cardiopulmonary health promotion and disease management.
  • Explain the fundamental principles of medical ethics, and the legal and ethical aspects of the practice of respiratory care.
  • Demonstrate competence in interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interact with diverse population groups.
  • Apply problem solving strategies in the patient care setting

Class Requirements


Communications (6 hrs.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

ENGL 216         Technical Writing (3)


SPCH 111         Public Speaking (3)


SPCH 220         Interpersonal Communications (3)

Mathematics (3 hrs. min.)

Choose from the following:

MATH 119       Mathematics for Non Science Majors (3)


MATH 121       College Algebra (4)


MATH 135       Introduction to Probability and

Statistics (3)

Laboratory Science (12 hrs.)

BIOL 221          Microbiology for Health Sciences (3)

BIOL 221L       Microbiology for Health Sciences Lab (1)

BIOL 230          Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3)


BIOL 230L       Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Lab (1)

CHEM 111       Introduction to Chemistry (3)

CHEM 111L    Introduction to Chemistry Lab (1)


Social/Behavioral Science (3-6 hrs.)

PSYC 111         Introduction to Psychology (3) (recommended)

Humanities and Fine Arts (3-6 hrs.)

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
9 credit hours.

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)


AHAC 151        Basic Life Support – CPR (.5)

AHAC 281        ACLS (1)

AHAC 284        PALS (1)

RESP 112          Respiratory Care Anatomy and

Physiology (4) þ

RESP 120          Therapeutic Modalities (5)

RESP 122          Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology I (1)

RESP 125          Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology I (1)

RESP 130          Clinical I (3)

RESP 160          Ventilator Management (5)

RESP 162          Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics (4)

RESP 164          Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology II (2)

RESP 166          Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology II (1)

RESP 170          Clinical II (4)

RESP 214          Respiratory Care Seminar –

Alternate Sites (2)

RESP 220          Respiratory Care Seminar –

Critical Care Topics (4)

RESP 230          Clinical III (2)

RESP 240          Professional Development (2)

RESP 260          Neonatal Pediatric Respiratory Care (3)

RESP 270          Clinical IV (7)

Six credit hours of the A.A.A. and A.A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)